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New HST.S46 IAP course “Evolution of an Epidemic” takes MIT undergrads to the heart of the AIDS epidemic in Africa

HST.S46 class pictured at the Nelson Mandela Capture site; a national monument.

Nineteen MIT undergraduates attended the inaugural HST course “Evolution of an Epidemic”, taught during the 2017 IAP in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.  Focusing on the HIV epidemic as an example, course directors Bruce Walker (Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard) and Howard Heller (MIT Medical) built a curriculum around how the medical, scientific…

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Eight MIT faculty elected to the National Academy of Engineering


New members have made advances in artificial skin, wireless communications, nanotechnology, hydrology, and cancer treatment. Eight MIT faculty are among the 84 new members and 22 foreign associates elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Newly elected members for this year also include an impressive 18 MIT-affiliated alumni. Election to…

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RNA hitches a ride on ultrasound waves

MIT engineers have shown that they can use short bursts of ultrasound to efficiently deliver RNA into cells.

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Technique enables rapid delivery of RNA to treat colon inflammation. MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers have demonstrated that they can deliver strands of RNA efficiently to colon cells, using bursts of ultrasound waves that propel the RNA into the cells. Using this approach, the researchers dramatically turned down…

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At least 30 from MIT named to 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 lists

MIT affiliates were well represented in the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30, honoring young leaders.

Forbes‘ sixth annual 30 Under 30 list calls itself “the most definitive gathering of today’s leading young change-makers and innovators” who are not yet 30 years old. As in past years, the MIT community is well-represented throughout. At least 30 MITers are spread among the 600 names and 20 diverse categories in this year’s list….

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